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What you didn’t know about… Rock On Ruby

Groom Ciara O’Connor tells H&H about the 2012 Champion Hurdle winner.

Fact file

Stable name: Ruby

Age: seven

Breed: thoroughbred

Sire: Oscar

Dam: Stony View

Discipline: NH racing

Trainer: Harry Fry (and previously Paul Nicholls)

Owners: the Festival Goers

Groom: Ciara O’Connor

Best Result: winner of the 2012 Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham

Five things you didn’t know…

1 He was bred by the O’Dwyer family, who live in Co Tipperary, Ireland.

2 Richard Barber bought him at the Doncaster stores sales as a three-year-old, for £23,000.

3 He loves Cheltenham because he prefers to run left-handed.

4 The “Ruby” part of his name is not actually after Ruby Walsh, as many people assume. It is a reference to a ladies’ clothes shop owned by Lynn Hunt, one of his owners.

5 Whenever he licks anyone, he strangely uses the underside of his tongue.

To read the full interview with Ciara O’Connor about Rock On Ruby see 25 October issue of H&H

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